Is God Calling You? What is God Calling You to?
This Sunday our newly ordained Deacon, Rev. Allen Keller, spoke about his call to the ministry of the Deacon. Have you considered what God is calling you TO as a person of faith?
Do you have a yearning to become closer to God, but feel that you just don’t know how to talk with God effectively?
Have you been disturbed by an injustice you saw reported in the news and felt like you wanted to do something about it, but didn’t know where to start?
Has an opportunity to serve caught your eye in our bulletin or on our church website, but you feel you may not have the skills needed?
Has a friend participated in a Bible study that sounded interesting, but you think about the time needed?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above God might be calling,—nudging you to something new. Don’t panic! You don’t have to change the world all by yourself! Explore what God might be calling you to by talking with a trusted friend, spouse, or relative.
'Lament' by Emilie Brzezinski, The Kreeger Museum, Washington DC
Psalms of Lament and Trust
The psalms can be divided by literary type such as hymns, thanksgiving, wisdom, liturgies, laments, and confidence or trust psalms. This week Psalm 22 is one of the great psalms of lament. It is a long and intense cry for help and an affirmation of God’s presence in the midst of suffering. Notes in the CEB Study Bible tell us, this psalm, “was an ideal resource for the Gospel writers as they told the story of Jesus especially his suffering, death, and resurrection.” In Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 Jesus cries out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? NRSV We can use the imagery in the psalm to express our own distress when we overwhelmed with events in our lives. We can call out to God, “But you, Lord! Don’t be far away! You are my strength! Come quick and help me!”
Every day we are showered with information. Some of it we don’t need, some of it we use and dismiss, and some of it can prove helpful for the present and future (the long haul.) Reading a devotion each day can provide for the present and the future. It can ground us in faith and help us grow as followers of Christ. It can challenge, enlighten, and provide encouragement for our life. You might consider reading this brief (two minutes tops) devotion from the UCC.
Psalm 23 is a psalm of trust. Many of us learn that one as children. It celebrates how God provides for us in times of crisis and on a daily basis. It is short enough to memorize so you can easily pray it when you need the reassurance that God is near.
June 24 Psalm 23
June 25 Psalm 24
June 26 Psalm 25
June 27 Psalm 26
June 28 Psalm 27
June 29 Psalm 28
June 23 Psalm 22
You can read the Psalms at www.biblegateway.com.